Today, I Am Gutted.

Today, I am gutted.

It isn’t just because Donald Trump will be the next president, despite my efforts at the poll. It isn’t because he says things that make me feel uncomfortable for my friends a shade too dark or female. It’s not because, in him winning, my vote felt meaningless.

Today, I am gutted.

It isn’t because I just watched the Republican Party sweep into control of every branch for the foreseeable future. It isn’t the two wars branded onto my mind. The wars our last Republican president fearlessly marched us into when I was only ten years old.

Today, I am gutted.

It isn’t because my generation is entitled. An accusation thrown at us, again and again, despite our best efforts to rebuild an economy after The Great Recession. It isn’t the difficulties we face in becoming homeowners because my parents crashed the housing market while I was taking Honors Chemistry in high school.

Today, I am gutted. 

It isn’t because I watched the American Dream soiled. It isn’t the bad taste this leaves in my mouth, as I fear the day I have to explain to my Spanish children why they are considered second class citizens in the country they were born and raised.

Today, I am gutted. 

It isn’t the fear some of my friends already have in the dawn of this new era. It isn’t the fact that the KKK openly supported and championed the winning opponent. It isn’t just because this didn’t raise enough red flags for his other supporters.

Today, I am gutted.  

It isn’t because I know this won’t make America great again. It isn’t this feeling of backwardness that comes with accepting our new president. It isn’t the world looking on in utter confusion as we seem to self-immolate.

Today, I am gutted. 

It isn’t because of any one thing.

It’s because if this election proved anything, it’s that America is no longer the greatest country in the world. You don’t run on a platform to make something great again if you don’t think it is broken.

Today, I am gutted. 

Because we may never make America great again. Not if this is the direction we are choosing to go in.

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